The City of Cape Town is planning to open open air, partially closed safe spaces to address the shortage of beds and shelters and the restrictive rules surrounding them.
They 'safe space shelters' will have ablution facilities for the homeless who make use of them. They will also have access to NGOs and social workers who can help them with a range of services.
Ian Veary, a social worker at The Carpenter’s Shop and a member of the Street People’s Forum, says these shelters will help with the first phase of helping the homeless become independent. He refers to the safe space shelters pre shelters.
One of our goals as people who work in the NGO sector with homeless individuals is to get people reunited with their families and reintegrated into society.— Ian Veary, Social Worker
The pre shelter phase is very important, because the NGO themselves can't provide many of the services that the City could get up and running in such a safe space.— Ian Veary, Social Worker
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This article first appeared on 702 : CT's homeless to receive safe space shelters